Wendy's Runs 1976-era DOS



  • Caught this on the order confirmation screen at Wendy's drive through today. A couple of things stand out:

    "DR-DOS"  -- It's good to remember that Microsoft didn't always have a monopoly on the entire DOS market.

    "HIMEM.SYS"  -- I would have preferred to live the rest of my life never thinking about HIMEM.SYS again.

    "Copyright 1976"  -- Maybe it's just a typo, but maybe not?

    "Error reading section - Success"  -- Doesn't seem like success to me. 

    Seriously wtf are they running at Wendy's?

    (Extra credit if you figure out what make of car I drive.)Wendys


     


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    (c) 1976, 1998. Caldera, Inc.

     

    It's standard practice in software to put the date of the OLDEST bit of code in your copyright, as well as the year of the build.

     

    DR-DOS is also rather common in embedded systems (because it's cheap/free to license, whereas MS-DOS is inexpensive/impossible to license), and doesn't have the license stipulations of FreeDOS. The little trailing bit of POST we can see indicates a nice shiny new system from the past few years.  

     

     



  •  I do like the "Error reading section - Success" bit tho.



  • DR-DOS is a heavily updated CP/M, which was developed in the mid 1970s, so if any of the code remains unchanged from the original then that will be copyright 1976.



  • I used to run Caldera OpenDOS 7.01 (IIRC) but then then renamed it to DR-DOS 7.03 and it somehow became non-open, which was around when I switched to Slackware Linux on my 486.



  •  I think it's either an older (Fox-body) Mustang or some flavor of BMW.  Not too many cars are painted light blue like that.



  •  I'd know that door handle anywhere.  You drive a Dodge Caravan or Plymouth Voyager of vintage 1995 to circa. 2001.  It's most likely the higher trim model (EX?) because the door handles are the same color as the body.  The lower trim models had black handles.

     What do I win?



  • Clues on the car: It has curving A-pillars and C-pillars (the parts next to the front and rear windshields).  The B-pillar is painted black.  The door handle is recessed and painted the same color as the body.  It has four doors or an unusually big back seat for a coupe.

     I would say VW Beetle except for the 4-door thing. 



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  • TRWTF is the lack of @ECHO OFF in their autoexec.bat. <font size=-2>And their desktop wallpaper.</font>



  •  I have no idea what kind of car that is, but your phone looks like an old Motorola, sort of like the V300, but the black bezel on the front doesn't match.

    Either that or it's some crazy phone that the evil Sprint is carrying nowadays.



  • @Zemm said:

    I used to run Caldera OpenDOS 7.01 (IIRC) but then then renamed it to DR-DOS 7.03 and it somehow became non-open, which was around when I switched to Slackware Linux on my 486.

     

    Not Yggdrasil?

     



  •  @RocketRick said:

    Not Yggdrasil?

    I used to use ZipSlack on an actual parallel port Zip-100 drive (which I still have and still works with my Ubuntu, although 100MB media are pretty much useless these days) but I did move it onto a real hard drive (even converting the UMSDOS filesystem to ext2) after getting rid of DR-DOS/Win3.1. The Click of Death never affected me. My 486's parallel port could transfer at maximum speed, whereas my 386 could only handle "nibble".

    I was a poor uni student back in 1998-99. Now I'm a poor mortgage owner 😞

     



  • @AlpineR said:

    Clues on the car: It has curving A-pillars and C-pillars (the parts next to the front and rear windshields).  The B-pillar is painted black.  The door handle is recessed and painted the same color as the body.  It has four doors or an unusually big back seat for a coupe.

     I would say VW Beetle except for the 4-door thing. 

    I think you're right. The black B-pillar would only be on a Beetle or Passat, and the window shape looks more like a Beetle.



  • @Zemm said:

    I used to use ZipSlack on an actual parallel port Zip-100 drive (which I still have and still works with my Ubuntu, although 100MB media are pretty much useless these days) but I did move it onto a real hard drive (even converting the UMSDOS filesystem to ext2) after getting rid of DR-DOS/Win3.1. The Click of Death never affected me.

    Not surprising. Most of the parallel-port Zip-100 drives were built before Iomega started cutting corners for the sake of increasing production.



  •  It's a 2005 Prius.


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